Rainham Kent Photos & Information

The following details were received from Peter Hales. We are very grateful for support like this which helps us to maintain and enhance the details on the site. If you have any similar pictures or information then we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by email or phone here.

I attach a couple of JPEG files scanned from original postcards of Rainham, provided by my Godfather, Geoff Gilbert.

Photo of Ivy Street Rainham1913The first is a picture of the upper end of Ivy Street and is taken from a postcard dated 1913, which ties up with the 1912 date on the front of the card, and shows the shop owned by W. E. Jones, who was Geoff’s grandfather on his mothers side of the family. The shop was divided into two, with an Off Licence to the right and a Grocery to the left.

Geoff was born upstairs in this house in the room behind the Colman’s Starch advert, although not until the mid 1920’s. His mother lived for many years in No1 Ivy Street, and I can remember visiting her in the house as a small child in the mid 1950’s. Geoff now lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.


Old Photo of St Margarets Church Rainham Kent 1834

The second is a picture of St Margarets Church and Lockup (which is presumably the wooden structure adjacent to the Church gate!) and is dated 1834, although the picture postcard it was taken from is dated 1914

And me? – well I was born in my grandmother’s (May Boakes) council house at 19 Holding Street in 1951. We lived for many years at 79 Station Road on the corner of Webster Road, and I attended both Soloman Road infants School and (the then new) Wakeley Road Junior, before passing the 11+ and going on to Gillingham Grammar, by which time we had moved to 25 Thames Avenue. We moved away from Rainham in 1964.



#1 Barbara Fairservice 2014-02-01 02:45
To Peter Hales:
This is in response to the photos and remarks of Rainham History by Peter Hales and his reference to Grandmother May Boakes.
I was born – Barbara Tottman - in my Grandparent's (Harry & Eunice Tottman) bungalow at 1 Nursery Rd, Rainham in 1939, my parents had bought a house in Maidstone Rd., in 1938. My mother’s Grandmother was Eliza F. Boakes.

Eliza Frances BOAKES Miss-32 (born 1880) and Betty M. BOAKES Miss-14897 (born 1927) are 3rd cousins 2 times removed.
Their common ancestors are Abraham BOAKES Mr-1069 and Mary MERCER Miss-1070. Married in Aylesford about 1766.

Information found at freebmd.org.uk

Marriages 1 Feb 1823
Boakes, Abraham Rainham Parish Church
Rayfield, Elizabeth

Marriages Mar 1866
Boakes, Edwin R Medway 2a 479.
Brown Elizabeth

Marriages Jun 1891
Croucher Nellie/Ellen Milton 2a 1397
Boakes Albert/Robert Milton 2a 1397

Marriages Sep 1926
Boakes Winniford Bowra Milton 2a 2782
Bowra Alice M(ay) Boakes Milton 2a2782

My Boakes, Packer & Mudge families lived in Kent, for many years. We have researched their genealogy back to the 1700’s if Peter would like more information please contact us at the address/email on this letter.

From Canada

Barbara & Robin Fairservice

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